The week before Thanksgiving was devoted to International Education, as Rice celebrated International Education Week (IEW) 2016 with a full schedule of events hosted by various departments and offices all across our campus. Here is a little recap of our wonderful week of celebrating international education and the remarkable international population at Rice University:
• We kicked off IEW on the previous Saturday with an annual tradition, the Mini Soccer World Cup. In this friendly tournament four teams – Africa, Americas, Asia and Europe – competed for fame and the coveted IEW Mini Soccer World Cup trophy! The teams consisted of members across the Rice community, and included international and U.S. citizen students, scholars, and staff members. In the end, the undefeated Team Africa was crowned as the IEW Mini Soccer World Cup Champions 2016
• OISS hosted an appreciation luncheon for the Presidents of the international students clubs and organizations at Rice. This event, also an IEW tradition, is a wonderful opportunity for OISS to show our appreciation and gratitude for the work these amazing student leaders do for their respective populations. Their efforts benefit not only the students and scholars from their countries, but also the entire Rice community, and International Education Week is the perfect time for OISS to celebrate their commitment to service. We were also honored to have Mr. Kazimir Karwowski, Executive Director of RCEL, as our VIP guest.
• The wonderful Mayra Onuchic from the Brasil@Rice Office hosted Cooking with Brasil@Rice, and taught us how to make delicious Pão de queijo, Brazilian cheese bread. We can’t wait to try this at home!
• On the Thursday of IEW, OISS invited 80 international students and scholars to join us for a traditional Thanksgiving lunch. We enjoyed a wonderful meal and great conversation as we discussed the history and meaning of Thanksgiving, holiday plans, and other great topics.
• OISS concluded IEW on the Monday after the week officially ended by hosting an International Coffee Break in partnership with the Graduate Student Association (GSA). International student clubs and organizations from Iran, Brazil, Latin America, Korea, China and India provided delicious treats from their countries/regions. It was the perfect way to conclude Rice’s International Education Week.
In addition to these events, there were many other activities hosted throughout IEW all across campus. For a complete list of events and participating departments and offices, please visit http://oiss.rice.edu/iew. Thank you for an amazing IEW!!
By Andy Meretoja